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Samsung Dart Review

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Samsung Dart Review
More than acceptable to our taste, calling quality with the smartphone is average at best with its earpiece producing clear voices that are free from any background noise and static – though, its volume output is on the neutral side. On the other end of the line, our callers say that our voice is rather sharp in tone, but still audible to make out. Lastly, the speakerphone is lacking in the volume department, while producing some crackly voices.

In high coverage areas, the handset is able to display a good amount of bars while staying at a steady -75 dBm – with no evidence of major fluctuations or dropped calls during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

With its paltry sized 1,200 mAh battery, it’s not going to offer a lot of talking time – and in fact, we manage to get 5.5 hours on a single charge. Although it’s not as high versus other smartphones, it beats out the manufacturer’s rating of 4 hours. In terms of normal everyday operation, which mostly consists of texting, emailing, web surfing, and an occasional phone call, we’re able to get 1.5 days before seeing its battery hit the critical level.


Conclusion:

When you find any smartphone priced at free with a contract, it’s rather difficult to blatantly find any qualms with it – especially when you don’t need to dish out any money for it. However, after seeing the LG Optimus T setting the bar high for all entry-level Android smartphones after it on T-Mobile’s lineup, we’re extremely disappointed with the Samsung Dart’s offerings and performance. In all honesty, you basically get what you pay for with this one – something that brings the functionality of Android, but lacks the complete and engaging experience to make it tolerable. Honestly, just run and look the other way…and we mean very far!

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.2.2
Build number: FROYO.UVKE4
Kernel Version: 2.6.32.9-perf se.infra@sep-36 #1

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Pros

  • It’s priced at free with a contract

Cons

  • Cheap feeling handset
  • Low quality display
  • Sluggish performance with basic operations
  • Shoots ugly looking photos & videos
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posted on 05 Oct 2011, 14:20

3. Bob (unregistered)


The Dart, though light weight and around $150.00, is the worst phone I have ever had. Its signal strenght is always very poor no matter where you are at. The key pad is too small, very slow email processing, the camera won't focus.

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 16:10

4. Yolanda (unregistered)


This phone is horrible...Do not get sucker into it the way I did. Very poor signals. Drops calls from everywhere. Camera is horrible...Hate this phone...

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 02:00

5. Jimmyfjames (unregistered)


I like this phone. This is my first android phone and it more than delivers. I agree the camera stinks and I wouldn't even consider using the video option since the resolution is so low, but I do take some pictures with it. I never have a signal issue at all. I have this phone on t-mobile as a prepaid user and the quality is great and the signal strength is always good. This leads me to think the others had carrier issues not phone issues. The only real negative I have about the phone is the battery. It was advertised as 12 days standby time but I have never found the charge to last anywhere near that long, even though I do not use my phone much.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 20:12

6. Rochelle (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)


This was my first android phone and I had nothing but problems with the speaker. The people that I called would hear everything they said echo back to them. I tried to get the phone replaced but it was turning into such a fiasco (T-Mobile Customer Service sucks!) that I finally returned it. The only other complaints I had was that the keyboard was small and sensitive and the display screen in general was small. But those were things that I could have lived with if they would only have given me a new phone that didn't have the speaker problem.

posted on 24 Mar 2012, 08:06

7. bonniezink (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Mar 2012)


this phone worked great at first no, its stopped charging. ive bought 3 chargers everytime they would stop working now the phone its self wont charge with any charger. the home charger or the car charger. $12dollars wasted. blows my mind. now i cant get a replacement phone nothing.

posted on 11 May 2012, 16:12

8. autumnskye (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 May 2012)


I to have the dart and it has been nothing but a nightmare. I have been with t-mobil for 6 years but I told everyone on my line not to but anything else cause I'm going to buy out my contract. The customer service people told me lies after lies and have forced me to keep it. this is the third dart I have received and it sucks. I'm gonna try to see what verizon has. I gonna go back to using my blackberry.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 06:35

9. stevea12373 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


dart is great no problems.. best bang for 50$ after rebate.. but time to move on HTC 1X hell yea

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 11:07

10. Whiteburks (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Samsung Dart is a horrible phone. If you have the money get a different phone. Initially, the phone was OK; then, you text messages will not go through. Tech support says "turn it off, take out battery, power it up, then delete some of your msgs" WHAT? A really important messages need to go through right away, don't have time for that and somethimes you don't want to talk either. Reception was good, and I didn't use camera that much. We have/had three of these phones in our family, my husband, myself (in IL) and a neice in NY; she hates hers also. We now have Galaxy S, GREAT phone!

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 19:32

11. Christa (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


I loved this phone. Had it for almost a year. Very easy to use. Then people I started calling said they were getting an echo on their end of the phone. Now the only way I can use it is by using the speaker phone.

posted on 05 Jun 2013, 11:21

12. yellowbug42 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Absolutely the worst phone I have ever had! It drops call when you can finally pick up a signal,, the camera is horrible all of the pics are fuzzy, the battery will not stay charged, constantly having to turn in off and restart the phone and its internal space is always full. So frustrating !!!

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Samsung Dart

Samsung Dart

OS: Android 2.2
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Display3.1 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (127 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
600 MHz
Size4.09 x 2.40 x 0.51 inches
(104 x 61 x 13 mm)
3.80 oz  (108 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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